Entries by Jamie Leeming

No Return To Homelessness Say Charities

Forty charities are urging Boris Johnson to end the “patchy” help for homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic by passing an emergency law. Crisis, St Mungo’s and the Big Issue Foundation are among the groups who have drawn up a bill they say would truly deliver on the government’s “everyone in” campaign to accommodate all […]

Pizzas For The Homeless Of Birkenhead

The manager of a local Papa John’s branch helped to feed homeless people in Merseyside with a kind-hearted gesture. Staff at Wirral’s Homeless CIC would like to thank Mike, who works at Papa John’s in Liscard, after he gave them 50% off all food for the homeless at their night shelter on Wednesday, reports the […]

Funding Announced For Continued Support Of The Homeless

Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has launched the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, a £266 million fund to enable local areas to continue to provide somewhere safe to stay for 15,000 people currently experiencing homelessness. The launch has been keenly anticipated since the announcements on 24 May and 24 June of the Government’s intention to fund interim […]

Private Landlords Hand Out Eviction Notices Despite Ban

Renters are being served eviction notices despite the government’s promise to protect people from a wave of homelessness resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Evictions have been banned since the start of lockdown, however landlords have continued to serve Section 21 notices throughout this period, reports HuffPost UK. The notices allow landlords to evict tenants without giving any […]

Calls For Scaling Up Of Housing First

A group of 12 organisations representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector are calling on Government and social housing providers to help make this happen. With major new investment in move-on housing and support on the horizon, now is the time to follow through on commitments and make Housing First available to […]

Council Plans To Seize Empty Properties

Fill vacant rental units with tenants or we will take over your properties, the city of Barcelona is warning landlords. Barcelona is deploying a new weapon in its quest to increase the city’s available rental housing: the power to force the sale of empty properties. This week, the city’s housing department wrote to 14 companies that collectively own […]

Funding For COVID-19 Relief

Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link. Of this funding pot, £4.82 million is provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, for homelessness charities in England. A further £680,000 is […]

16 Homeless People Have Died With Coronavirus

Charities have called on the Government to take people off the streets as it was revealed how many rough sleepers who have died in the pandemic so far. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data which showed 16 people identified as homeless had died with coronavirus in England and Wales, reports the Metro. The […]